6/20/2019

Philip K. Dick, Lord Acton, and the nineteenth century that never ended

"A recurring theme in these diary entries is his strange Gnostic notion that history itself had been stopped in the first century AD, that our world is in fact merely an illusion, and that, “the Empire never ended.” These bizarre theories found their way into his late semi-autobiographical novels and I was reminded of them when preparing for my lecture at next week’s Acton University.

My talk, ‘Lord Acton, Liberty, Conscience, and the Social Order,’has a section dealing with what Lord Acton saw as the major threats to liberty in his day which are, alas, still major threats in our own. The nineteenth century never ended."